10 FREE music activities for kids and teens during lockdown

7/24/2020 11:04:19 AM
10 FREE music activities for kids and teens during lockdown
Fantasic For Families
  • London Mozart Players

The theme of this week's Top 10 is music! We've hand-picked a selection of music activities for the whole family to get involved in.

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1. Create music for imaginary or real deep sea worlds

FREE. From Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Recommended for ages: 5 - 16 years. 

Brought to you by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, in this activity you will create music for imaginary or real deep sea worlds, inspired by Deep by composer Shiori Usui. You will also be encouraged to use the free software Audacity to help create your music. 

Have a go!

2. Carnival of the Animals

FREE. From London Mozart Players. Recommended for ages: 0 - 12 years.

Sit back, relax and watch a new digital rendition of Saint-Saëns’ beloved suite The Carnival of the Animals narrated by acclaimed actress Joanna Lumley OBE, accompanied by animated illustrations by Cat Fuller & poetry by LMP violinist Martin Smith.

Watch this wonderfully colourful video. 

3. Have fun with sounds and music

FREE. Brought to you by Home Made Music.

Home Made Music is a series of short online sessions about music making at home with your children during lockdown. 

Created and narrated by Max Reinhardt, it's all about having fun with sounds and music…., tuning the ears of children and parents to music beyond the confines of harmony and hit tunes and popular classics. It’s not about acquiring ‘musical chops’, reading music or practising scales. Home Made Music embraces free music, found sounds, music for non musicians and musicians. It’s about people discovering: rediscovering their musicality, tapping into the music that’s inside them and that’s all around us.

Take a look at the first session.

4. Take part in Handel and Hendrix!

FREE. From Handel & Hendrix in London. Recommended for ages: 5 - 16 years.

Handel & Hendrix Home School offer an array of activities for children and families to take part. As well as being fun, the tasks cover some of the curriculum specifics including English, Science, Drama, History and of course, Music.

This exercise is based on the lives of the two musical geniuses that lived in Brook Street. Some tasks will focus on 18th century traditions and events that shaped Handel’s life whilst others will help students uncover the feeling of the 60s through Jimi Hendrix’s experiences.

Have a go, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

5. Learn to play the ukulele! 

From Go Kid Music Ltd. Recommended for ages: 5 - 16 years.  

Learn to play the ukulele! This course is perfect for children from age 5 right through to adults! 

Songwriter and performer Al Start will have you playing whole songs from lesson one with just one finger! Learn how to hold, tune and strum your ukulele, gradually learn to play a collection of child-friendly songs and tunes that are current and not babyish! No "Ring of Fire" or ye olde American folk songs, just great songs your children will already be familiar with and some cool new ones they will love to play and sing along with.

Follow this link to see the whole song selection and try some free sessions.

6. Heart n Soul at Home

FREE. From Heart n Soul. Recommended for ages: 8 - 16 years. 

Heart n Soul at Home features a range of creative activities for everyone to try at home. There are downloadable creative packs and digital online spaces featuring art, choir and dance sessions.

Also, try making your own beats using some of the new digital music websites we've been exploring.

Find out more!

7. CBSO Little Monsters 

FREE. From City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recommended for all ages!

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have combined art and music in this activity for your little ones at home...

Download these family worksheets and keep your little monsters entertained!

8. Music, Movement, Storytelling 

Friday 17th July, 10.30am - 11.00am. From Make The Paint Dance. Recommended for ages: 1 - 7 years. 

Join Megan and James for a free Zoom music session and delve into the imagination of your little ones, and are great for burning some energy, developing listening and movement skills and growing confidence and creativity through musical exploration. 

They use an original, high quality and adventurous mixture of music, storytelling and movement that helps develop the creativity of the whole child, and harnesses young children’s innate abilities to experience and enjoy a diverse range music from around the world. 

Get involved this Friday.

9. Play Opera 

FREE. From Welsh National Opera. Recommended for ages: 0 - 8 years. 

Join Welsh National Opera for an interactive family show especially made to keep the little ones entertained during lockdown. This is an engaging, interactive magazine show aimed to teach children about opera using music, simple singalongs and fun animations.

Each episode will launch weekly, every Saturday at 10am. 

Watch the first show here!

10. Learn to make a musical instrument

FREE. From the National Maritime Museum. Recommended for ages: 2 - 13 years. 

Music can help you relax or get you up and moving! For generations, sailors have been using music to entertain themselves at sea.

Why not create your own musical instruments inspired by the National Maritime Museum and the collection? 

Have a go at making your own musical instrument.

Check out our activity library and online-event listings for even more ways to get creative at home.

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